Old computer system slows SC jobless benefits

(AP) - An antiquated computer system is slowing payments to South Carolina's jobless and officials say it will take weeks to bring the system up to speed.

The Greenville News reported Sunday that the computer system at the Employment Security Commission isn't set up to allow payments to jobless workers who have been unemployed for more than 79 weeks.

ESC assistant deputy executive director Jimmy Jones says the 23-year-old system is not designed to make payments easily and has to be programmed to allow the payments.

Jones said that could take two weeks and that would be a bare minimum.

Jones said funding for the benefits is not a problem.

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